The concept of ‘learning by doing’ has been around for millenia. Chinese Philosopher, Confucious once said “Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember.” Simulation first aid training is proven to save more lives which is why paramedics and military professionals are trained this way.
So why choose simulation first aid and what does this concept mean?
It is a methodology that aims to promote deep learning and awareness by involving participants in realistic, critical incidents during which they are forced to consider a wide range of factors, make decisions and reflect on the outcomes.
There are seven reasons why Simulation First Aid Training works:
Simulation training better engages students
First Aid emergencies are complex events involving a range of variables that are unlikely to be addressed in a traditional course. Simulations allow students to be more aware of the complexities of emergency situations, and help them to recall essential information that can save a life.
So what does Simulation First Aid Training mean? It is a methodology that aims to promote deep learning and awareness by involving participants in realistic, critical incidents during which they are forced to consider a wide range of factors, make decisions and reflect on the outcomes.
First aid simulation training saves more lives
Simulation training provides participants with the opportunity to practice dealing with life or death situations in an environment where mistakes can be made.
Medical schools have successfully been using this training for many years as it allows new doctors to train for high risk, low frequency events without endangering real patients. This has been shown to be more effective than traditional training in improving medical interns’ airway management skills. Interns who have undertaken this demonstrate a significantly higher level of ability. Patient scenarios are seen as a valuable teaching method to complement the traditional approach.
Simulation training develops teamwork and leadership skills
Simulation training allows teams to work together to improve the effectiveness of each individual and of the team.
When faced with a critical incident, someone must take leadership and ensure effective teamwork. Good communication will improve patient outcomes and reduce loss of life. The effective management of First Aid emergencies invariably requires a team of people, as is clearly seen in Intensive Care Units (ICU).
This allows a team to work together to improve the effectiveness of each individual and of the team. Better-trained staff ensures that when an emergency occurs, the patient will receive a significantly higher standard of treatment.
Simulation training creates a safer environment
This training tests the current procedures and systems within an environment, and often reveals hidden safety hazards.
While investigating the effectiveness of this training in over 21 medical clinics and urgent care facilities in the US, many unanticipated benefits were observed. In addition, 40 safety hazards were identified and mitigated.
They included the following:
- Ambulance officers were unable to locate a patient in a large clinic
- Staff were unable to locate a patient
- Staff injected EPIPENs® into their own fingers
- Incorrect medications were administered due to look-alike medications
- Staff were unfamiliar with emergency documentation
- Unclear roles led to staff standing back until they received direction.
It is unlikely that a traditional training program would have revealed these hazards. This ‘dry run’ training is an ideal way to identify and rectify safety hazards within a First Aid context, and help staff to develop team and leadership skills.
Combine team building workshops with simulation training
This training not only helps to increase First Aid competency, it also brings co-workers together and teaches them how to combat stressful situations as a team.
Responding to a motorcycle accident with two severely injured patients, one requiring CPR, is nearly impossible to achieve alone. A group needs to work together and communicate clearly in order to treat the two casualties.
This fulfils the role of both First Aid training and team building by placing participants in dynamic, exciting and stressful situations, in which they have to work together in order to deliver a successful outcome.
Simulation training tests your abilities to respond to medical emergencies
It is unrealistic to expect students to learn, understand and retain First Aid knowledge from a traditional course.
The current system of training is not achieving its goals. CPR education has a poor record of retention and is usually not performed by bystanders.
During this training students are bombarded with multiple sensations. They must take control and decide on the best course of action.
Experiencing a scenario is stressful and may even be emotional, with many students describing the training as confronting. This is advantageous as the human mind embeds stressful and emotional experiences firmly into our memory.
Simulation training is more effective for adult education
It is a technique, not a technology. It simulates real experiences from real world events and evokes the students’ natural responses in a fully interactive and safe manner.
Our instructors, students and evidence-based research all show that this is the most effective method of First Aid training for long-term retention of skills. This training saves money and more importantly, saves lives.
Graduates of our simulation courses leave with knowledge, leadership, improved teamwork skills, and the confidence to handle a real medical emergency. We want our students to ask questions, make mistakes and try again, because in real life there are no second chances.